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   xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Nov 11 02:36 AM

Nov 11, 2009: Mini Mom

You've probably heard guys say, "gotta go, the little woman is waiting for me".
Of course that's just a figure of speech for most, but not for Will Herald.
The 5ft 9inch Mr Herald is married to Stacey, who's 2ft 4inches tall.



No problem there, couples mismatched in height aren't all that uncommon.
The problem in pregnancy...



Quote:
The couple met in 2000 while working for a supermarket in their home town and were desperate for a family after marrying in 2004.
But doctors warned Mrs Herald a baby would grow so large inside her tiny body it would eventually crush her organs, strangling her from the inside out.
Mrs Herald said: ‘It broke my heart that I couldn’t have kids. ‘All my life my parents had told me that I could do anything. Then there were these doctors telling me that we couldn’t be a complete family. It really hurt.’
Despite the pleadings of her family, and Doctors, when she got pregnant she decided to go for it. Now they have two girls and is nearly ready to deliver a son. One of the girls has inherited her mother's Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and one hasn't. It remains to be seen if the boy will, or won't.


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Phage0070  Wednesday Nov 11 05:32 AM

Behold the limitless power of the human race to taint our own gene pool!



DanaC  Wednesday Nov 11 08:17 AM

Am I the only one reading this who gets hung up on the question of bedroom logistics?



glatt  Wednesday Nov 11 08:27 AM

Does the guy have any idea how bad it looks in the photo to have his fingers there?



monster  Wednesday Nov 11 09:09 AM

Quote:
But despite all the obstacles, the mother and father, a trainee priest, say they want even more children



newtimer  Wednesday Nov 11 09:28 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by DanaC View Post
Am I the only one reading this who gets hung up on the question of bedroom logistics?
Your answer lies with that giant syringe that's on the couch.


classicman  Wednesday Nov 11 09:30 AM

ewwwwwwwwwwww - thanks glatt, NOT!



Tawny  Wednesday Nov 11 09:43 AM

Seriously, Dad's fingers look way too comfortable.



glatt  Wednesday Nov 11 10:03 AM

To be fair, I'm sure it's just a brief instant of time captured by the shutter click. The kid was clearly squirming and he was trying to hold her still for the photo.



Cloud  Wednesday Nov 11 10:06 AM

I saw a segment on them on tv. proves there's someone for everyone, I guess.



lumberjim  Wednesday Nov 11 10:38 AM

my heebies have geebies



monster  Wednesday Nov 11 01:56 PM

my hebe is at school



toranokaze  Wednesday Nov 11 04:09 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by DanaC View Post
Am I the only one reading this who gets hung up on the question of bedroom logistics?
I believe there is still a video in the NSFW WTF thread.


richlevy  Wednesday Nov 11 08:56 PM

I'm just trying to figure if her first two were C-Section or not.

I see where she has a vertical scar near her belly button, so it could have just been the world's most radical episiotomy, but those are supposed to be downward between bottom of vagina and anus.



Pie  Wednesday Nov 11 09:50 PM

TFA said they were c-sections, yes.



classicman  Wednesday Nov 11 09:56 PM

Yewwwwwwwwwwwww spent way too much time lookin at that!



Gravdigr  Thursday Nov 12 06:06 AM

No part of me needed to see any of that.



Kasszia  Thursday Nov 12 02:39 PM

Okay, I have osteogenesis imperfecta, not to the same degree she does. I'm 5' tall. I passed this onto my son. My sister's children aren't affected by it. Got it from my Dad's side and one of his siblings are affected. (out of 5) The odds were pretty good that I wouldn't pass it on but...
That said, I would NEVER inflict this on any other child. I refuse to have more kids. We have talked to our son (now 15) about thinking very seriously about having kids and passing it on to them.
Ive broken my bones 35 times, my 15 yo son, 10.
*shaking head*



Pie  Thursday Nov 12 02:55 PM

Wow. Thanks for the perspective, Kasszia.

Is this a condition that can be screened in the embryo? Some people would object to that, but for many it might be a way to have an unaffected baby.



footfootfoot  Thursday Nov 12 09:53 PM

A good friend of mine has OI. His whole family does to varying degrees. He got clipped (vasectomy) because he couldn't in good conscience pass that on to anyone. His siblings didn't have the same perspective. With predictable results...

An avid athlete, he's got a stack of films three inches high. He's had easily 100 fractures in the past 40 odd years. He's about 5-8, slightly barrel chested, but not noticeably so.

For him it really and truly sucks because he loves sports like wind surfing, skiing, hiking. He loved carpentry but is shut out of it for obvious reasons and so has a desk job where he crawls the walls.

Having known this guy for decades I have a lot of admiration for his decision to forgo his wants or desires for fulfillment at the expense of someone else's health and happiness.

I'll let you read between the lines for my opinion of mini-mom.

"Fuck the hive! I am the only bee that matters." What an asshole.

I lied, sue me.



Kasszia  Friday Nov 13 12:17 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pie View Post
Wow. Thanks for the perspective, Kasszia.

Is this a condition that can be screened in the embryo? Some people would object to that, but for many it might be a way to have an unaffected baby.
I don't think it's screened for at this point, but I don't keep up on it. One of the big give aways that someone has it that the sclera of our eyes is blue, not white.
They are trying some therapies to help strengthen the bones, but it's far from perfected.


xoxoxoBruce  Friday Nov 13 01:38 AM

Is this a case of not being common enough to attract research money, Kasszia? At least for anything more than treating symptoms, like the bone thing, that could carry over to something else, like osteoporosis treatments?



Sundae  Friday Nov 13 09:30 AM

OI came up in a fairly recent case where Sally Clarke was jailed for killing two of her babies. It was eventually proved that the babies were not abused, but were OI sufferers (using family history and photographs as Mrs Clarke was not herself a sufferer, only a carrier).

She served over three years in prison while the wheels of justice slowly turned, but sadly died four years after her release at the age of 42.

The jury admitted the deciding point in the trial was the evidence of Professor Sir Roy Meadows, who stated that the chances of two babies dying natural, unexplained deaths in an affluent family like the Clarks were 73m to one.

The only good point from this tragic affair is that the medical community are now far more aware of OI and the symptoms it presents.



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